[development] Drupal Modules and Linux Distros

Dries Buytaert dries.buytaert at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 16:24:32 UTC 2006

On 25 Oct 2006, at 13:47, Konstantin Käfer wrote:

> To be honest, I can't really see the point in providing Drupal with  
> a Linux distribution. Most users won't need it and those who do are  
> usually skilled enough to do that themselves (at least they are  
> using Gentoo and not Windows). Packaging contrib modules doesn't  
> make that much sense to me as well because it's just unzipping a  
> tarball into the modules directory (or wherever you install the  
> module to). The actual installation has to happen inside of Drupal  
> anyway.

We have a lot of people that install Drupal using Debian's apt-get.   
Having to download and un-tar 10 tarballs is a pain.  Also, Gentoo  
automatically recompiles Apache, PHP and/or MySQL if certain features  
are missing, and might as well configure Apache.  In short, there are  
many good reasons to support packagers like Gentoo, and I'd like to  
see us actively support them (eg. don't re-create tarballs, upgrades  
from the command line, etc.).

It is sad to see this discussion side-tracked.  The purpose of this  
discussion is NOT to debate why packagers exist (that is not what  
Seemant asked for), but to figure out how we can better cooperate.   
The world doesn't care about your opinion about packagers; whatever  
it is you think about them, they are not going to go away.  So if  
you're not going to help make Drupal better for packagers, don't add  
noise to the discussion either.  It would be a waste of time and  
bits.  Thanks.

Seemant: as mentioned, the repackage issue will be fixed in the near  
feature.  Anything else that we could do to make things easier on  
your side?  If so, I'd love to learn more about it, so we can work on  

(Thanks for Gentoo.  I'm a long time Gentoo user.)

Dries Buytaert  ::  http://www.buytaert.net/

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